The critically acclaimed movie stars Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe – a painter who was born male [with the name Einar Wegener] who goes on to become one of the first-known recipients of gender reassignment surgery. Directed by Tom Hooper – of The King’s Speech and Les Misérables – the movie traces Lili’s transition from artist Einar, and its effect on Einar’s wife Gerda, played by the incredible Alicia Vikander.
It’s a remarkable love story on the surface, with some powerful messages on equality, acceptance and gender identity bubbling under the surface. Speaking to GT ahead of the film’s release, Eddie Redmayne explained: “We need to break down prejudice, taboos and misconceptions.
“Society needs to understand the difficulties faced by trans people – and especially the amount of abuse and physical violence they’re often subjected to.”
To celebrate the release of this fantastic movie, we’ve got a very special behind the scenes clip for you, featuring Tom Hooper and Eddie Redmayne.
Deadline & Entertainment Weekly shares that Eddie has joined the cast for Early Man.
Eddie Redmayne will voice the lead character in the animated prehistoric comedy Early Man, Aardman Studios and StudioCanal announced Monday.
The Oscar winner is the first cast member revealed as production begins on the Nick Park-directed film.
Set at the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man centers on Redmayne’s “plucky caveman” character, Dug, who, with his sidekick Hognob “unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game.”
“Not only is Eddie a joy to work with, his versatility and boundless energy have really helped to bring my new character to life,” Park said in Monday’s announcement. “He embodies the cheeky charm, fun and plucky wit of Dug and I’m sure he’ll get along brilliantly with Dug’s sidekick Hognob.”
Early Man marks Park’s first feature film since the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Aardman and StudioCanal previously teamed on Shaun the Sheep Movie, on which Park was an executive producer.
StudioCanal, which is co-financing the project, will distribute the film in the U.K., France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand with a projected 2018 release date.
Redmayne will be seen next in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, arriving in theaters on Nov. 18.
More press for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them … this time Eddie and his co-stars headed to the CinemaCon: Warner Bros. Pictures Invites You To “The Big Picture” Presentation at CinemaCon.
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2016 > April 12 | CinemaCon – Warner Bros. Pictures Invites You To “The Big Picture”
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2016 > April 12 | CinemaCon – Warner Bros. Pictures Invites You To “The Big Picture” – Presentation
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2016 > April 12 | CinemaCon – Warner Bros. Pictures Invites You To “The Big Picture” – Backstage
This past weekend Eddie attended the MTV Movie Awards and released the new teaser trailer for his film “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them”. I have added some pics to the gallery from the night … a giant thank you to Carol & Claudia for sharing some of these pics with us!
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2016 > April 9 | MTV Movie Awards – Ceremony
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2016 > April 9 | MTV Movie Awards – Backstage
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2016 > April 9 | MTV Movie Awards – Press Room
So excited that we have a brand new teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!
At an event recently Eddie spoke to Vogue Australia, below are some of the questions he responded to.
The Oscar winning actor and Omega spokesman talks having wife, Hannah Bagshawe, style him, and why, for an actor, a good suit and a watch are always necessary for the red carpet.
When choosing your next film project how do you decide if the character is for you or not?
“It’s always about taking a leap of something. Whether it’s a leap of faith in a director, or into a character that you think is beyond you. But no, I’ve never aspired specifically. Quite a lot of actors might say they want to play Hamlet or whatever. I’ve never had that. I’m just lucky to be employed frankly.”
How do you approach dressing for the red carpet?
“I have a very wonderful stylist in the form of my wife. I’m colour blind, so occasionally I’ll go for things that are slightly outlandish and she’ll temper me back into the world of taste.”
Is there anything you couldn’t live without on the red carpet?
“The time that I really think about what I’m wearing is when you’re going to be scrutinised the most. For us as actors, whenever you go on a red carpet – you have to do quite a few of them – but for me, they never get easier. It’s just a very odd thing to have to stand in front of banks of people screaming at you and telling you to look in their direction and quite often shouting abuse. So for me, a good tailored suit and a strong watch gives you a sense that you have an armour or a uniform. So it’s an important thing for me.”
When on set, how do you spend your down time?
“Virtually every film I start, I go ‘You know what? I I’m going to learn to play the guitar on this.’ I’ve been trying for about 15 years and I have about three chords in me. Occasionally I will paint very badly, but I enjoy it and I find it quite a good way of focusing my attentions elsewhere. But one of the things about filming, as you say, it’s an odd rhythm when you’re filming and there are weird times and pauses. But you always have to be slightly on the edge of being able to access or find the character that you’re playing. So although it quite often looks like there’s a lot of down-time, and there is, there’s always an adrenaline pumping through your veins, because you know at any moment, you’re going to have to get back into character.”
Producer David Heyman talked about how Eddie was their first choice to play Newt Scamander!
Hollywood star Eddie Redmayne brings ”heart and compassion” to his characters, which is why he was cast in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ according to the film’s producer David Heyman.
The 33-year-old actor portrays magizoologist Newt Scamander in the upcoming ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off and was the first choice for the role.
Producer David Heyman said: ”Newt is someone who can communicate better with his creatures than he does with people. He’s a Brit who finds himself in the US and the American magical universe is different to the British one.
”Eddie was our first choice. He’s very good at playing characters that are out of step, as it were, and bringing to them a real heart and compassion. He has a desire to bring truth to every moment. He’s very charming and appealing to men and women alike. And he’s a timeless actor, so he fits perfectly into 1920s New York.”
Eddie is joined in the film by Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Jon Voight, Samantha Morton and Ron Perlman and creator J.K. Rowling – who also wrote the screenplay – approved of all the casting.
Discussing how hands-on she has been on the project, David told Total Film magazine: ”Jo was on set and has been an incredible support to us.
”We’d run concepts by her, she’d give her thoughts and we’d adjust accordingly. She certainly was aware of all the lead casting choices before we finalised them.”
Such a fun article from Vanity Fair.
It’s apparently a very rocky road to Middle Earth.
On Monday’s episode of The Tonight Show, Jake Gyllenhaal confessed that his worst audition experience came way back in the late 90s when he was up for Elijah Wood’s part of Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings. The anecdote is charming and has all the hallmarks of a great “bad audition” story. Fumbling re-enactments, self-deprecating jokes, etc. But what’s interesting is that Gyllenhaal isn’t the only great leading man to cite The Lord of the Rings franchise as his worst audition. Eddie Redmayne—who won the best-actor Oscar just shortly after telling this story on The Graham Norton Show in 2015—had a disastrous time auditioning for the part of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.
With three Oscar nominations, one win, and a string of high-profile projects between them, Redmayne and Gyllenhaal are obviously doing fine without playing either member of the Baggins family. But the wounds of bad auditions—especially ones where you’re called “the worst actor ever”—linger. Odds are J.R.R. Tolkien’s saga isn’t hugely popular with either Redmayne or Gyllenhaal. But Redmayne, at least, can take comfort in the fact that he’s now starring in a massive franchise of his very own. He started that Graham Norton anecdote by bemoaning the fact that he was passed over for the Harry Potter films—“There was a whole family of ginger people!“—but went on to land the plum part of Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them just a few months later.
But actors, beware, if Peter Jackson ever gets around to making The Silmarillion, brace yourselves for one hellacious audition process.
Eddie & Hannah along with Tom Hooper attended the Tokyo Premire of the film The Danish Girl last night. Thank you to Helen for donating some of these pics!
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2016 > March 9 | The Danish Girl Tokyo Premiere
“For me, there is a romance to watches,” said the actor, repping Omega watches. “There is this idea of history and passing things on, but also the storytelling behind the timepieces.”
On Tuesday night, at the 100-year-old Mack Sennett Studios building on the edge of Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood, Omega and 2016 Oscar nominee Eddie Redmayne — one of the timepiece company’s newest brand ambassadors — debuted the new collection of Globemaster timepieces to an audience of 200 watch collectors, media from over 20 countries and Hollywood insiders including the actor’s manager, Jason Weinberg of Untitled Entertainment; his agent, CAA’s Josh Lieberman; and producer Cassian Elwes.
Omega, whose event included a dinner as well as a jazzy, speakeasy-themed afterparty, put a spotlight on its new Globemaster Annual Calendar, which will officially debut later this month in Switzerland at the Baselworld watch fair.
With a gray dial based on the brand’s classic “Pie Pan” Constellation, the Annual Calendar, with a case size increase from 39mm to 41mm and a tungsten carbide fluted bezel, is a sharp, vintage-inspired piece. The Globemaster watches, introduced last year, are also the world’s first watches to be certified as chronometers by both the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres and the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology after rigorous testing.
Omega president and CEO Stephen Urquhart described Redmayne as a perfect fit for the brand: “He’s a great actor, very forward-looking, and the films he makes are quite modern and bold. At Omega, that’s what we’re trying to achieve — modern and bold.”
To hear Redmayne talk about watches, it seems the link with Omega is more than the typical brand ambassadorship as his love of the watchmaker runs deep, stemming from admiring his father’s timepiece as a child.
“My dad wore an Omega — a beautiful, classic DeVille. It was a gold watch with a brown antique strap. It was something that I looked at growing up — my dad was [a] style icon for me and still is — and that’s how I was introduced to Omega,” Redmayne told the crowd.
“For me, there is a romance to watches,” he continued. “There is this idea of history and passing things on, but also the storytelling behind the timepieces. Their history [is] unrivaled. Their watches were first on the Moon, flown by the British and U.S. Air Forces — and that creates a legacy.”
Omega also has a long history with the James Bond franchise. In the most recent installment, 2016’s Spectre, Daniel Craig wore a limited-edition Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Master Co-Axial.
Eric Christian Olsen — who stars on the long-running CBS procedural NCIS: Los Angeles as Detective Marty Deeks, who wears an Omega Seamaster 300 — wore his own personal Omega to the event, a titanium and rose gold chronograph. He echoed Redmayne’s thoughts on Omega’s lasting legacy.
Olsen, who bought the watch 18 years ago as a gift to himself, is still attached to the timepiece: “I did my very first movie, I was 20 years old and living in Malibu and a mentor of mine — who was a successful businessman as well as a renaissance man told me, ‘You can wear whatever you want, but you have to have a great timepiece.’ We went watch shopping and I fell in love with the watch I’m wearing tonight. After 25 movies and hundreds of episodes of television, it’s still my favorite watch because it carries those memories of that time in my life.”
Later, Redmayne, who wore a gray dial Omega Globemaster with a gray alligator strap to this year’s Oscars, said, “As actors, we have to turn up to a lot of different events and promoting films, you have to get into a suit, you have to turn up on the red carpet … there are lots of different things you are thinking about, but wearing something that is classic, with a modern edge to it, as the Globemaster does, is a wonderful thing, as you don’t have to think about it. It has an ease to it. It has a legacy and history to it, but is also totally contemporary.”